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Autopalooza Woodward Dream Cruise

By Lori Bremerkamp

Autopalooza returns to metro Detroit this summer with a schedule of events all of you car buffs won’t want to miss.

Whether you’re into vintage, modern-day muscle or simply like speed, this summer-long celebration of automotive cruises, races and shows has something to get your motor running. Here’s the lineup:

Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

Motor Muster

Concours d'Elegance of America

Michigan international Speedway Pure Michigan 400

Woodward Dream Cruise




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autopalooza concours d'elegance

Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
May 29–31
This year's event on Belle Isle includes the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans featuring cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series, the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers with the sports cars of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the high-performance vehicles of the Pirelli World Challenge Series in the Cadillac V-Series Challenge presented by the Metro Detroit Cadillac Dealers and the high-flying trucks of the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road presented by TRAXXAS. Bring the family and prepare for speed.

Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Weekend
June 12–14
Watch last year’s race winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. and other NASCAR favorites battle it out over 200 laps when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn over Father’s Day weekend.

Motor Muster
June 20–21
Greenfield Village — part of The Henry Ford in Dearborn — plays host to more than 700 vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles from the 1930s to the mid-‘70s that have been preserved or restored to look as they did in their prime. Stick around later on Saturday for an evening cruise.

Eastpointe Gratiot Cruise
June 20
Eighteen years of cars, shows, contests and family outings make the city of Eastpointe's Gratiot Cruise a memorable tradition. The weeklong automotive celebration leads up to the popular, daylong cruise. Attendance and participation benefit local charities.

EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition
June 21
Hundreds of themed, invitation-only vehicles comprise this Father's Day event. The show takes place at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores and attracts members of the automotive design community, collectors and the public.

Sloan Museum Auto Fair
June 27-28
The Buick and Fisher Body plants are gone, but Flint is still a car town — and it’s never more apparent than when the Auto Fair rolls into town. Held on the grounds of the Alfred P. Sloan Museum and adjoining Flint Cultural Center, the fair hosts more than 600 of the best-looking cars, trucks and motorcycles around.

Cruisin’ Downriver
June 27
If flamed paint jobs, the smell of burning rubber and engine rumbles are your thing, then don’t miss this classic car cruise along Fort Street through the cities of Lincoln Park, Riverview, Southgate and Wyandotte. There’s good food, great people-watching and, of course, lots of cars.

RM Sotheby's Motor Car Auction
July 25
If you’re in the market for a vintage vehicle — or just want an up-close look at some highly sought-after ones — head over to RM Auction’s St. John’s sale, held on the grounds of The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth. The auction is limited to registered bidders only, but you can get an early look at all they have to offer during the preview held July 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Concours D’Elegance of America
July 27
Some of the flashiest rides in history take over the grounds at The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth for this concours, which is considered one of the world’s finest. This year, a special class pays homage to the electric vehicles that flourished before the rise of internal combustion power.

Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise
Aug. 2
Go back in time with vehicles from all eras with this annual cruise along Gratiot Avenue in Clinton Township. Don’t have a car to cruise in? Find a spot to drop a blanket or set up a lawn chair and just enjoy the show.

Back to the Bricks Cruise Weekend
Aug. 11–15
Started as a one-day throwback to cruises of yesteryear, Back to the Bricks is now a weeklong celebration that draws classic car owners nationwide to downtown Flint to show off their rides. A free drive-in movie, swap meets and a car show are among this year’s events.

Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Weekend
Aug. 14–16
End the summer race season with a trip to Brooklyn’s Michigan International Speedway (MIS) to see the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400. Turn your visit into a mini vacation by reserving one of the more than 9,000 campsites and staying the weekend.

Woodward Dream Cruise
Aug. 15
A 16-mile stretch along legendary Woodward Avenue packs in more than 1 million visitors and more than 40,000 muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector and special-interest vehicles in what is touted as the world’s largest one-day celebration of classic car culture. The Dream Cruise is a spectacular experience to drive in or merely marvel at from the sidelines.

Cruisin' Hines
Aug. 23
This event takes on a seven-mile stretch of Ann Arbor Trail in Westland, known as Hines Drive, and is the only cruise in southeast Michigan to close its road for the 40,000 classic cars and hot rods. Cruisers can enjoy lovely scenery and visit Henry Ford Village's historic Nankin Mills industry building.

Old Car Festival
Sept. 12-13
America's longest-running and event-filled antique car show occupies Dearborn's Greenfield Village with authentic automobiles, Model T assembly, fireworks, awards and a live orchestra. Attendees can partake in self-guided tours and car talk in the place where it all started.

Orphan Car Show
Sept. 20
This annual reunion of Orphan brands takes place in Riverside Park in Ypsilanti.

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